The Ashanti Regional Association of Small Scale Miners are alleging that some government appointees are sabotaging the fight against galamsey by the President Akufo- Addo’s government.
According to them, top political kingpins and some government appointees have been able to ”buy” a cream of the police and military personnel, paving way for their employees (galamseyers) to continue with their illegal activities at midnight.
This they say is making their fight against illegal mining unsuccessful.
Speaking to Abusua News in an interview, the Director of Research and Planning of the Association Mr. Mike Gizo noted the government is still struggling to fight illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey because most of government appointees have concession and they are supporting foreigners to do mining in the country despite the ban on galamsey.
Mike Gizo revealed that most of Forest Reserves in Ghana especially Ashanti Region and Western Region are currently being operated by the said government officials.
He cited Koboro Forest reserve in Amansie Central, Atta ne Atta Forest Reserve in the Western Region, Kubi in the Central Region near Dunkwah and Furu River Forest Reserve also in the Western Region in Nsuta near Tarkwa as places where the Chinese mainly operate.
Mr. Gizo also stated that those working in the Koboro Forest Reserve are being protected by military personnel.